Edward Gregson was born in Sunderland in 1945. He studied composition (with Alan Bush) and piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1963-7, winning five prizes for composition. Since then he has worked solely to commission as well as music for film and television.
Edward Gregson was Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from 1996–2008. He is a fellow at the RNCM, as well as at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.
In 1988 he was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for his title music to BBC Television’s Young Musician of the Year programmes, for which he also regularly officiated as a jury member and broadcaster.
Symphony In Two Movements was jointly commissioned by the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales (with funding from Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales), to celebrate their 60th and 30th anniversaries respectively. It had its world premiere on the 6 April 2012 at the Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare and was performed by the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Conductor Bramwell Tovey.